VETERAN broadcaster and sports commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh awarded Scoil Náisúnta Réalt na Mara in Dundalk with the GLEO 2011 award.
It took place at an awards ceremony which was held in Croke Park recently.
Scoil Réalt na Mara was one of 16 schools that achieved awards from all over the Country.
They received a prize of €3,000 / 2,000 pounds on Irish language resources and events for their school.
The Awards recognise schools that promoted spoken Irish in their schools and communities during the year.
“These awards are a great incentive for teachers and students to looking for interesting ways to promote spoken Irish in their schools,’’said Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.
“There’s no doubt they make Irish more fun the pupils which in turn fosters a further love of as they grow older ,he” said.
A total of 54 schools from all over Ireland entered the GLEO competition this year.
The schools were visited by independent judges who then selected the 17 outstanding schools who were honored at the ceremony.
The judges found there was a great variety on offer in order to promote the Irish Language.
There was quizzes, puppet shows and passionate debates all through Irish.
“I really believe that we will see great results by all of these in the years to come,”said Ferdie Mac An Fhailligh CEO Of Forras Na Gaelige.
“Promoting Oral Irish is essential if we we,re to build on the current number of speakers in Ireland.
“It is hoped that the use of Oral Irish will be passed on to the next generation,” he said.